The Bishop of Hertford has backed a campaign calling for people to send real Christmas cards this year.
?The campaign, launched by leading ethical retailer Traidcraft, challenges the e-card culture which has seen increasing numbers of people sending Christmas greetings through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
??The Bishop of Hertford, the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, said; ?I love technology and social media and I use it a lot. But it can be a bit impersonal and frankly sometimes a bit cold. It’s so important to remember that human connection and reaching out to one another is a basic human need.
??That’s why I think at Christmas nowadays something has been lost by the trend to either send no cards, or e-cards or a group email. Sometimes traditional is good, so why not write cards and deliver some of them yourself? Because it’s not just the card, but it’s that one to one connection – pastorally, there’s nothing better than hand delivering a card, it’s such a gift to the giver as well as to the receiver”
? ?A recent survey conducted by Royal Mail found that 80 per cent of people would rather receive a card than a festive message via social media; a method of well-wishing which one in four described as feeling ?a bit empty? or impersonal. And when we get cards 85% of people display them as part of the Christmas tradition.
??Revealing a specially designed poster, Mags Vaughan, CEO of Traidcraft said;
? ??Facebook?s great for sharing family news and the latest photos, but it?s a bit more everyday than special these days. When it comes to Christmas, the pleasure in choosing the right card and the delight when it arrives is better than any e mail or post to a Facebook wall could ever be.?
? ?Mags continues: ?Putting up a single card at the back of church or in the office for everyone to sign, or posting a greeting on Facebook sometimes works well. But if everyone did this, then some people would have an empty mantelpiece at Christmas ? just imagine how that would make you feel.?
? ??A charity Christmas card says so much more and you can trust Traidcraft and our partner charities to turn your good wishes in this country into good work in another.?
? ?More than just cards
?It is estimated that ?50m is raised for good causes through the sales of charity Christmas cards each year. Traidcraft charity cards have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to fund the valuable work of CAFOD, SCIAF and Christian Aid as well as Traidcraft?s wider work in fighting poverty through trade.
? ?Traidcraft’s Charity cards can be ordered now through http://www.Traidcraftshop.co.uk/christmascards